Waterways and Drainage Charge
More than two million property owners throughout the Port Phillip and Westernport region pay the Waterways and Drainage Charge each year.
The charge is collected by water retailers and we invest the funds in the following service areas to enhance life and liveability across Greater Melbourne and the surrounding region.
Some information on this page including the below service areas is being updated to reflect our 2021-26 Waterways and Drainage Investment Plan. For a detailed look at how your Waterways and Drainage Charge will be invested this year, read our investment plan.
Prices and FAQs
Download answers to frequently asked questions about the Waterways and Drainage Charge, or view current prices.
How prices are set
Like all water businesses in Victoria, our prices are determined by the Essential Services Commission. As part of this process we prepare a Price Submission, which details the service standards and prices we propose for a period of up to five years.
How our activities are determined
Our Waterways and Drainage Investment Plan details our responsibilities, goals, levels of service and programs of work to be funded by the Waterways and Drainage Charge. We are required to prepare the plan under our Statement of Obligations, and report on our performance each year.
What’s happening near me?
Browse our map to find out what activities we’re undertaking in your local area, including our waterways and drainage works.